A person who lives in freedom, satisfied with knowledge and wisdom, is ever tranquil. To him, a lump of earth, a stone and gold are the same. He views all three with the same equanimity. Not that he does not understand the difference between them; he chooses not to give undue importance to any of them.
In life, money has a definite place. An ignorant person believes money is everything. However, proclaiming money is nothing is also incorrect because, in this world, one requires money to live. Thus, while we should be aware of the significance of money, we should not give it unnecessary importance.
People live in bondage because they do not know how to live with material things. We often evaluate individuals by what they have and not by what they are. A young man once asked me to give him a message to follow in life. I said, “Remember: values are more important than valuables.” Giving more weight to the latter is like digging our own graves. We give up values for valuables — the valuables perish, and eventually one ends up with neither.
Unfortunately, man feels valuables add to his prestige and stature in society. This is a wrong way of thinking.
By attaching too much importance and value to material things, we end up becoming slaves to them. Do not neglect material objects, but do not get obsessed with them either. Know their correct value and importance. Place them accordingly and use them. But if you lose them, do not worry. For, then you are free!